Christian pastors across America have been exercising their free speech rights to endorse candidates in elections, intending to challenge the federal tax code all the way to the Supreme Court, but the IRS has chosen to ignore them.
For background, read Pastors Tell IRS: Get Out of My Pulpit and read IRS Fears Prosecuting Churches over Politics as well as Chicago Mayoral Candidate & Pastor Bucks IRS
-- From "Feds mum on pastors' speech code challenge" by Bob Unruh © 2011 WorldNetDaily 5/28/11
"Whether the IRS responds, doesn't respond, or chooses to wait to respond, we're not going away. Protecting the freedom of the pulpit is too important to stop this effort after a few short years," wrote Erik Stanley, a senior counsel with the ADF, in a blog report on the campaign.
According to Stanley's report, the goal isn't complicated.
"Pastors have the right to proclaim biblical truth from their pulpits without having to worry about the government looking over their shoulder and threatening their churches with revocation of tax exempt status if they say something the IRS doesn't like," his report said.
Officials with the IRS chose not to respond to WND's request for comment on the campaign.
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